Opening Keynote Speaker – Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins is a Futurist and Strategist with Emergent Futures. He holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Veterinary Science, a Bachelor of Animal Science (Research) and a Masters Degree in Strategic Foresight.

Paul’s business experience has taught him that critical business decisions have as much impact on business success as long hours of focused execution. However he recognises that most people have little time to look around and think about what might be happening. Therefore the approaches that Emergent Futures uses align themselves to the reality of a fast moving, time critical modern world from quick scanning processes to longer strategic analysis.
His presentations match this approach and challenge audiences to look at their own blind spots and assumptions and look at the future differently.

Current work
Paul is experienced in politics and agri-politics having been President of Victorian Country Labor for five years and Chairman of the pork industry national body for a decade. He is also an experienced commercial company director including being a director of Auspork for 16 years. Auspork is an unlisted public company with an annual turnover of $80-100 million that markets pork, beef, chicken and lamb, including branded retail ready packs of ready to cook meat products. He has also served on a number of not for profit boards.

Paul is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul is a venture philanthropy partner at Social Ventures Partners Melbourne. He is also a Chair of the Policy & Research Advisory Board for the Future Business Council and a Foresight Associate at the Melbourne University Business School.
Paul writes and presents regularly on future disruptions to business models and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about and plan for the future.

He is currently co-authoring two books. This first is “Scenarios for the Future of Electric Cars in Australia”, the second is on the future of driverless vehicles entitled: Is Driverless Always More? – How driverless vehicles will transform our economies and our societies.

Stay tuned for the announcement of more exciting speakers.